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TikTok adds New Stitch Feature, Facebook Updates Data Exports

TikTok Adds New 'Stitch' Feature to Facilitate Video Responses

TikTok has added a new feature which enables users to re-use snippets of other people’s videos, allowing all viewers to respond and react to others videos.

As TikTok addressed:

“Stitch allows users the ability to clip and integrate scenes from another user’s video into their own. Like Duet, Stitch is a way to reinterpret and add to another user’s content, building on their stories, tutorials, recipes, math lessons, and more.”

Duets have become a prominent part of how users create their content. It is a great way for users to interact with their audience and get their message across. However, this approach can lead to hateful content. It enables users to duet a video with a negative response which can eventually progress into cyberbullying.

“Users can decide in their settings whether or not others can Stitch their content, just like with Duet. The option can be accessed on the Privacy and Safety page under ‘Settings and Privacy,’ where users can enable or disable Stitch for all videos. The option can also be toggled for each individual video uploaded.”

It’s necessary to note that every video made with Stitch, credits the original creator in the new video’s caption. Copying ideas from other people on TikTok has been a problem for a while now and has created hateful behaviour between users. It will be interesting to see if Stitch will take over the use of the duet feature or will they be different enough to not compete?


Facebook Adds More Ways to Export Photos and Videos as Part of Data Portability Initiative

After giving users a way of exporting their photos and videos to Google Photos last year, Facebook is now allowing you to transfer your Facebook visual content to Dropbox and Koofr. After feedback from experts and users themselves, based on the Google Photos success they have decided to take it further and allow users to transfer their content to other platforms.

As explained by Facebook:

‘We’ve long believed that if you share data with one service, you should be able to move it safely and securely to another. That’s the principle of data portability, which gives people control and choice while also encouraging innovation.’

This will be a way to optimise users’ privacy and utility. A password is needed before the transfer of content starts so users can be confident that the data will be transferred safely. The use of this new feature is to encourage innovation and give users control and choice over their content.


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